A few days ago, Ted-Ed uploaded a video on what would happen if you didn’t sleep. Basically, a high school student stayed awake for eleven days to conduct an experiment. He wanted to see how he would cope without sleep. He began to experience extreme side effects in just the first few days. According to the video, his eyes stopped focusing, he lost his ability to identify objects by touch, and he was moody and uncoordinated. You can only imagine what life was like for him by the end of this experiment. Thankfully, he recovered. You can watch the video below by Ted-Ed to find out more details on what happened when a teenager didn’t sleep for eleven days.
In today’s society, we fail to underestimate the importance of sleep. If you do the math, the average person spends about 1/3 of their life sleeping! That adds up to approximately 220,000 hours or 26 years of sleep! We spend more time sleeping than any other activity. And, for something we do so often, we should make it our duty to learn how to meet this demand. Ideally, we need quality sleep too not just quantity.
Thanks to technology, society has changed much over the years especially in the area of sleep. Although we are now more efficient in many areas, we are busier than ever. Artificial lights make it convenient to stay up late and we have made what used to be the exception the norm. Instead of sleeping, we put things off for the evening/night that which we should have done earlier. We then turn around the next day and drink coffee in the morning to keep us up. We repeat the cycle day after day, and sickness and diseases in the body and mind are the results.
If you run into someone, like myself, who suffers from a sleeping disorder, we will tell you the importance of sleep. We will also tell you that, we can’t comprehend why many normal people take this necessary daily function for granted. If they can only switch places with us, maybe then they will value their ability to sleep at night.
Case in Point – My Story:
Because of my sleeping disorder, I am fatigued all throughout the day. I get sick more often and have longer recovery times than those who are normal. I also have memory problems and often experience crankiness, moodiness, and brain fog. I can barely focus as I write this article ha ha. I just can’t stress enough of how important sleep is. It is a necessary bodily function that enables our system to restore and to repair itself.
So, go ahead and check out the video below to get more information about sleep. Find out what happened when a teenager didn’t sleep for eleven days. Maybe it will make you think twice before you pull an all nighter.
So, what about you?
Are you guilty of not getting your eight hours? Or, do you have a sleeping disorder like myself? Leave a comment below!